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Postby Bright Raven » Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:10 pm

Scraped my feed pad today. Notice no calves????? They got their own quarters. :cboy:

We had a bad ice storm. Ice was still hanging around today.

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Re: Feed Pad

Postby Bigfoot » Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:27 pm

Does your county own a manure spreader?
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Re: Feed Pad

Postby Bright Raven » Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:30 pm

Bigfoot wrote:Does your county own a manure spreader?


No. I got to hire it moved. I am running out of space.
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Re: Feed Pad

Postby True Grit Farms » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:29 pm

I take it the cows are stuck there just eating hay and feed? They have no woods or pasture to scrounge around and try to pick something up to eat on their own?
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Re: Feed Pad

Postby Bright Raven » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:34 pm

True Grit Farms wrote:I take it the cows are stuck there just eating hay and feed? They have no woods or pasture to scrounge around and try to pick something up to eat on their own?


There is access to pasture on the left. It goes down into a big holler. Lots of big trees along the holler. In bad weather, they get the kids in tow and go down there out of wind and into the shelter of trees.
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Re: Feed Pad

Postby kenny thomas » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:40 pm

Can never understand trying to haul manure when you can just unroll hay.
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Re: Feed Pad

Postby Bright Raven » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:49 pm

kenny thomas wrote:Can never understand trying to haul manure when you can just unroll hay.


Kenny,

I came to this feeding layout because of my steep terrain. In addition, if you take a tractor off gravel here, you are going in to the axle. I could unroll on the ridge in the background but I cut hay off that. Unrolling back there would cut the field up. The pastures are steep and in the mud ( very muddy winters here), you would have a mess, at worse, you would have your tractor even 4×4 in the holler.

Odd area, I put water lines in and never so much as hit a gravel. Solid clay. And when it is saturated, there is no bottom.
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Re: Feed Pad

Postby kenny thomas » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:59 pm

Set rolls out when dry or froze. Poly wire around them. Move wire and unroll 1 roll as needed down the steep slope.
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Re: Feed Pad

Postby kenny thomas » Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:03 pm

Been wet here. Sunny tomorrow. Steep hills. I will set out 2 rolls in each paddock. That's enough to do them a week and I will unroll each day.
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Re: Feed Pad

Postby TCRanch » Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:24 am

Bright Raven wrote:
Bigfoot wrote:Does your county own a manure spreader?


No. I got to hire it moved. I am running out of space.

Is there a local landscaping business? Some of them actually pay for good manure/fertilizer but we have an agreement with one; they scrape/load/haul away. We don't charge or have to do the work and they end up with some serious fertilizer that they can then use on their projects or sell.
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Re: Feed Pad

Postby Bright Raven » Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:31 am

TCRanch wrote:
Bright Raven wrote:
Bigfoot wrote:Does your county own a manure spreader?


No. I got to hire it moved. I am running out of space.

Is there a local landscaping business? Some of them actually pay for good manure/fertilizer but we have an agreement with one; they scrape/load/haul away. We don't charge or have to do the work and they end up with some serious fertilizer that they can then use on their projects or sell.


Yes. There are a couple. I like the idea but I would like to spread it on my hayfield.
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Re: Feed Pad

Postby Lazy M » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:05 am

Bright Raven wrote:
TCRanch wrote:
Bright Raven wrote:
No. I got to hire it moved. I am running out of space.

Is there a local landscaping business? Some of them actually pay for good manure/fertilizer but we have an agreement with one; they scrape/load/haul away. We don't charge or have to do the work and they end up with some serious fertilizer that they can then use on their projects or sell.


Yes. There are a couple. I like the idea but I would like to spread it on my hayfield.

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Re: Feed Pad

Postby ky colonel » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:39 am

how did you setup your feed pad?
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Re: Feed Pad

Postby Ky hills » Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:01 pm

Feed pads are nice, have a that kind of setup behind the barn where we can let cattle in from 3 fields to eat grain, also have a couple fields with them to feed hay on, for the same reasons that Bright Raven stated. About midway through last winter, I realized I was going through hay pretty fast trying to set out enough to last 2-3 days, SkyHighTree suggested I unroll it, and have been doing that ever since. For some of the cattle groups, it puts me to doing it every day, and others about every other day, but it has really saved the hay, and doesn't seem like they are wasting it near as bad. It can get kind of hairy if it's very muddy or snow/ice but I try to stay on the gravel road, at least with one side of the tractor so the hay doesn't get dropped off down it a rutted out track, or in other places without a road on flat part of a ridge, and push the hay roll over the hill.
On a side note that manure and from hay feeding pads makes some fine stuff to spread on hay fields and garden.
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Re: Feed Pad

Postby Bright Raven » Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:50 pm

ky colonel wrote:how did you setup your feed pad?


I put down a layer of number 2 limestone gravel (see chart below, #2 is 3 1/2 to 1 1/2). Then choked it over with "mine waste run". That does not appear on the chart. It is the waste from screening gravel. The mine gives it to who ever hauls it off so I only pay a $200 hauling charge for 30 tons. I don't know if you can get mine waste run where you are but it sets up like concrete.

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